After not playing for more than three weeks because of semester testing and the holiday break, the Virgin Valley High School flag football will return to action next week to open Sunrise League play.
The Lady Bulldogs, who went 5-3 overall in the preseason portion of their schedule, hosted Boulder City (4-1 overall) Tuesday at Evan Wilson Stadium at 4:30 p.m. VVHS will travel to Las Vegas on Thursday to take on Chaparral (4-3) also at 4:30 p.m.
Virgin Valley is getting it done behind a punishing rushing attack led by sophomore Nikita Eskelsen and senior Katy Zuniga. The two running backs, along with senior quarterback Kallie Graves, are in the top 10 of rushing leaders in Southern Nevada which combines all 4A and 3A schools.
VVHS coach Joey Bowler said before the start of the season that this year’s team has the most speed he’s ever coached. The stats have proved him right.
The Lady Bulldogs have rushed for more than 2,400 yards on the season. Eskelsen has rushed for 678 yards on 76 carries and scored four touchdowns while Zuniga has 583 yards on 65 carries and has scored 15 touchdowns. Zuniga is currently the second leading scorer in Southern Nevada.
Graves, who has completed 55 passes for 792 yards and 11 touchdowns, has rushed for 485 yards on 55 carries and four touchdowns.
Senior Emily Teerlink has 252 yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns while junior Julia Ramirez has rushed for 185 yards on 21 carries and two scores. Junior Macee Bundy has 141 yards on 18 carries.
Senior Madison Cheney is the leading receiver for VVHS with 24 receptions for 331 yards and seven touchdowns.
All three of Virgin Valley’s defeats have come to larger 4A schools, including a 27-25 loss at defending 4A state champion Cimarron-Memorial. The Lady Bulldogs avenged a 44-42 loss to Las Vegas High in the season opener by trouncing the Lady Wildcats, 51-21, a week later.
The Lady Bulldogs also have wins over Legacy (21-7), Moapa Valley (48-0), Sunrise Mountain (51-12) and Mojave (41-0) while losing to Green Valley (18-6).
Virgin Valley will host Moapa Valley on Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Wilson Stadium.